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10/08/2018
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Romania lock down Great Britain for another win, three more teams move to 2-0

SARAJEVO (FIBA U16 European Championship 2018, Division B) – Poland, Portugal, Romania and Russia doubled their victory tally at the FIBA U16 European Championship 2018, Division B on Friday, improving to 2-0 records on the second day of action in Sarajevo.

Mihai Carcoana and Luca Domocos combined for 33 points, as Romania climbed to the top of Group A with a 92-70 victory against Great Britain after outscoring their opponents 56-38 in the paint.

Having converted 7-of-11 of his field goal attempts, Carcoana led all scorers with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Domocos collected 16 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Matthew Marsh had a 15-point and 10-rebound double-double for the James Vear-coached Great Britain.

Romania are one of four teams in Sarajevo with two wins in their bag

Portugal also stayed perfect in the table with a 65-51 victory over Sweden behind a 15-point effort from Joao Pinto. After dropping the tournament-opener on Thursday, Ireland rode the hot hand of big man Rapolas Buivydas, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds, to inscribe a convincing 68-32 win against Luxembourg.

In Group B, Russia stayed undefeated by brushing aside Slovakia with an impressive 108-46 scoreline, with Aleksandr Maltsev and Aleksandr Evseev netting 22 and 20 points, respectively.

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia snatched their first win in Sarajevo by coming out against Belgium, 80-68, while Jonathan Klussmann led Denmark to an emphatic 86-47 triumph over Norway in the Scandinavian derby with a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Bulgaria earned their first win of the tournament with a win over Cyprus

Elsewhere, Poland were comfortable 105-75 winners against Iceland in Group C in another big scoring night for Kacper Klaczek, who finished the contest with 18 points on efficient 6-of-9 shooting from the field.

At the same time, Finland and Bulgaria got off the ground in the standings with their opening wins in the tournament, with Valtteri Mervola and Aarni Korkiatupa combining for 43 points to lead the Finns to a 79-58 win over Hungary, and Bulgaria besting Cyprus 69-56.

In a belated start to the tournament, the hosts Bosnia and Herzegovina began their campaign on a victorious note, beating Czech Republic 86-69 in a largely one-sided contest which saw the home side's lead reach 36 points at one stage. Meanwhile, Belarus defeated Switzerland 72-60 for their first win.

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